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the white house had to reverse course anding a knowledge that president obama did in fact know that his uncle lives in boston, his uncle who was cited for dui and had it fight deportation, the president is fighting more criticism of his management style. they say the president rarely, if ever, had a private meeting with katherine sebelius. she took responsibility for the obama care snafus. the white house has not said how many times sebelius did sit down face-to-face with the president. earlier i asked how this report reflects on the white house, the president and his management style. >> i was surprised this week when the president told chris matthews in an interview that he really didn't think he had to reflect upon his management style, everything was fine in the white house, the real problem was the fact that we have such large signatuagencies government, big bureaucracies, it's hard to get things down. he's the chief executive. he's had five years to address that issue if that's what he thinks. if he thinks a bureaucracy is a problem like this, why did he assign the health care iss
close and icy. alina, thanks very much. the white house had said president obama had never met with an uncle caught up in a deportation case, but it turns out the president did meet briefly with an uncle, lived with imhad when he was a young kid. find out how the press secretary at the white house is explaining this apparent contradiction. brian todd is standing by. stick with innovation. stick with power. stick with technology. get the new flexcare platinum from philips sonicare and save now. philips sonicare. #%tia[ life with crohn's disease ois a daily game of "what if's". what if my abdominal pain and cramps come back? what if the plane gets delayed? what if i can't hide my symptoms? what if? but what if the most important question is the one you're not asking? what if the underlying cause of your symptoms is damaging inflammation? for help getting the answers you need, talk to your doctor and visit crohnsandcolitisinfo.com to get your complimentary q&a book, with information from experts on your condition. the day building a play set begins with a surprise twinge of back p
. >> reporter: president obama, attending a hanukkah reception last night at the white house, remembered mandela as a champion of human rights. >> a moral giant who embodied the dignity and the courage and hope. and sought to bring about justice, not only in south africa, but i think inspire millions around the world. >> reporter: those millions, moved by mandela's long walk to freedom. imprisoned for 27 years. he became a global symbol of the fight against apartheid. from his tiny cell, mandela rallied millions against racism and injustice. in 1990, the south african government, under heavy pressure at home and from around the world, released mandela, and began dismantling apartheid. >> never again shall we be that this beautiful world will have the spirit, the oppression of one by another. >> reporter: south africa will hold a memorial service in a 90,000-seat stadium. the white house says president obama plans to attend. john and diana? >> tahman, president obama said he was inspired by nelson mandela. what impact did mandela have on the president's life? >> reporter: huge impact. he met nels
country's leaders past and present. we heard from president obama last night. let's go to the white house now and hear from brianna keilar. this was a personal moment for barack obama who talked about the influence of nelson mandela when he was a young man. >> reporter: that's right, john. it was just huge. president obama was 19 years old when he first got involved with the anti-apartheid movement. the first time he gave what being call a political speech was back in 1981. he was a sophomore at occidental college when he spoke out against apartheid. for president obama, nelson mandela was a personal hero and personal idol who struggled his earliest ambitions. >> i am one of the first who grew inspiration from nelson mandela's life. my first political action, the first thing i ever did that involved an issue of policy or politics was a protest against apartheid. >> reporter: they met in person only briefly in 2005 before obama became president. the two leaders, each standing in history as the first black president of his nation, spoke occasionally by phone. president obama penned the forw
. >>> the white house is confirming this afternoon that president obama will travel next week to south africa to join in the memorials to nelson mandela. there's been an outpouring for the man that led one nation and inspired others. steve handelsman is on capitol hill with that part of the coverage. steve? >> reporter: thank you. the grieving here in washington echoes south africa. the memory of nelson mandela is burning brightly. south africans are beginning ten days of good-byes. americans feel the loss. >> ohio and here at this time is just overwhelming. >> reporter: at the south african embassy in washington, hundreds are coming to pay their respects. >> i'm not sure obama would be president without mandela. >> he's changed not only south africa, but the world. everybody united today. >> reporter: apartheid was his mission. he brought white jailers to his presidential inauguration in >> reporter: the white house announced president obama will go to south africa joining world leaders and south africans for the funeral of nelson mandela. there will be a major memorial remembrance service h
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and the remaining africans. >>> president obama joined leaders around the world in mourning the death of nelson mandela. the white house says the president and the first lady will travel to south africa to at ten the state funeral. the two met in 2005 when obama was a senator in illinois. the president travelled to south africa in june but he was too ill to meet with mandela. libby casey joins us now. >> gratitude and so much remembrance has come pouring in from all over washington. president obama recalled how as a young man he was first inspired to political action back in college by going to an anti apartheid rally. and he talked about the role model that mandela. the president yesterday remembered his words that nelson mandela said he wanted to see an ideal, a society where there was democracy and freedom for all. >> nelson mandela lived for that ideal, and he made it real. he achieved more than could be expected of any man. and said he has gone home. and we have lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he
the new york stock exchange. >>> let's head to the white house now because this is good news for the obama administration, it comes on the heels of all the bad news about obama care. brianna keilar is at the white house this morning. good morning, brianna. >> reporter: good morning to you, carol. this is positive news for the obama administration. we don't have official reaction yet, that normally comes later generally in this hour so we'll be looking to are that but i think the read -- we've been through so many reports i think we have a sense of what the reaction will be, this say positive trend, still more work to do and you said carol, this allows president obama to focus on the economy, something he already tried to do this week in an address where he outlined new economic initiatives like the minimum wage, like increasing investments and infrastructure and education, so this gives him a little fuel to do that as the rollout to obama care has been so rocky. this is certainly something the white house is welcoming here. >> we'll check back. brianna keilar live at the white house this m
the white house changing its story about the relationship between president obama and his uncle omar. the issue resurfaced on tuesday when omar obama took the witness stand in a massachusetts courtroom. during his testimony omar said his nephew, the president of the united states, had briefly stayed with him in the 1980s. the elder mr. obama was facing deportation linked to a drunk driving arrest in august of 2011. however at the time white house officials told "the boston globe" there was no record that the president ever met his uncle. yesterday press secretary jay carney explained why the administration said the two never met. >> back when this arose, folks looked at the record, including the president's book, and there was no evidence that they had met. and that was what was conveyed. nobody spoke to the president. when omar obama said the other day -- and there were reports he said the other day -- that president obama, back when he was a law school student had stayed with him in cambridge, i thought it was the right thing to do to go ask him. >> carney went on to say the white
killing. white house reversal. officials come clean about president obama an his illegal immigrant uncle after denying they ever met. now a different story is emerging. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> just over 24 hours since the world first learned of nelson mandela's death in in south africa, emotions have been pouring out around the clock. this was the scene tonight, and it continues, even though it's now past 1:00 a.m. it's a similar scene in the township of so wetto where mandela lived until he was locked away for almost three decades. cnn's errol burnett is there for us. what is the mood right now? >> reporter: well, wolf, just take a look behind me and listen. the mood here continuing to be a jovial one as it has been all day, as south african comes to the former home of nelson mandela, where he lived during apartheid. and they're now singing songs of thanks and appreciation. this has been happening all day, this day one of south africa ace ten days of mourning for the passing of the late president. so wetto where i am now, will play a significant role in a f
, and the power of forgiveness. we'll have special coverage throughout this how. and we'll go to the white house and explore the special connection between mandela and president obama. then on to capitol hill where senator leahy was there in the 1990s. then i'll be joined by martin luther king iii. and we want to use today's question for you and get your thoughts for nelson mandela. how will you remember him and his legacy? >>> coming up next, we're getting into other big headlines of the day. backing up president obama as he looks to resell his signature legislation. joining our conversation, one of the members of that strike team matt cartwright. and that new jobs report. it's just out today showing unemployment falling to a five-year low. but republicans on the hill still not 100% happy about it. we'll explain. stay with us. hi honey, did you get the toaster cozy? yep. got all the cozies. [ grandma ] with new fedex one rate, i could fill a box and ship it for one flat rate. so i knit until it was full. you'd be crazy not to. is that nana? [ male announcer ] fedex one rate. simple, flat rate s
for the bush white house. the election of barack obama, the kind of change towards a multiracial society that he saw in south africa as well. it was not just south africa that nelson mandela was revolutionary. it was his moral stature around the world and the way that he used it that made a difference. was tremendous respect from leaders around the world for nelson mandela. next year. are coming ines from presidents of this country. george w. bush, "we join the people of south africa and around the world and celebrity the life of nelson mandela. he was one of the great forces for freedom and equality of our time. he left the world with dignity and grace and our world is better off because of his example," that from president george w. bush a short time ago. jonathan karl, certainly president obama made aware of the news, the loss this afternoon. have we heard anything yet from the president? >> the white house is well aware of this, something we have been tracking a long time. no official statement yet. was a towering influence on president obama, inspiration. if you look now at the scre
republican majority in the house? >> well, currently the boulder is a big challenge. but obama mentioned he's been president five years. let's remember the first two years he had a democratic house to assist him and he still couldn't get some of the sitting initiatives such as immigration reform. it would have been a lot easier in a democratic house. >> he did get health care. >> yes. with no republican votes. but, alex, i think the point that he said it's interesting, suspect it? he's humbler. i found that interesting. in order to be humble, the opposite had to be true. i think that was an interesting observation. >> they come in idealistic and hopeful. let's face it, they do get beaten down by what they face. what other challenges does the president face in trying to push the boulder up the hill. >> one of the biggest challenges is restoring trust between the blighted healthcare roll out and the spying. there's a lack of trust in this administration. he spoke very clearly people need to feel like they can trust their government. that will be a challenge the next couple years. the last cou
do. >> today, as we reported, the president is going to be holding an event at the white house to tout the benefits of obama care. does this signal a shift now at getting back to the sales job as opposed to damage control, or are there still a lot of other obstacles he has to overcome before this smooths out a little bit? >> i think you put your finger on it. they are trying reseize the offense here, right? for the last couple months, truly, the president and those in the white house have just been slapped around about this thing. and so, they need to send -- they're going to do it for every single day between now and the 23rd of december, there's going to be a separate plank in the program that they're going to emphasize. so one day it will be, well, you can keep your kids on until 26, the next day is the pre-existing condition, you don't have to worry about it anymore. all the polls show that while obama care, you use that name and a majority of americans say, no, no, no, i don't like that. but when you start talking about what's in the bill, most people like most of it, so t
with us. reports reveal a shocking detail off the white house calendar. president obama met with kathleen sebelius once in the past three and a half years. this according to government accountability institute president peter switzer. last night on "hannity" switzer says the president's treatment of sebelius has been unfair. >> the launch of obseramacare h been a disaster. to a certain extent they are leaving sebelius out there to kind of dry, hang out on her own. >> despite being left high and dry some lawmakers say sebelius needs to go. >> the advantage would be this. your viewers at home say if it happened to her it could happen to me, too. maybe we can slowly start building something harder to repair than a web site which is trust. my fear is people have given up. their expectations are so low this web site, almost $800 million. >> according to the president's calendar he met with other cabinet secretaries a total of 277 times. >>> meantime 29,000 people have enrolled for healthcare on the revamped obamacare web site that's a drop in the bucket compared to the millions who have had th
are as well. >> that was president obama pitching obama care at the white house youth summit yesterday. here with us now from policy mike ceo and found er. policy mike is inviting young people to share ideas for what their generation and white house can do to make the affordable care ac. what does president obama have to say to young americans tonight to make them change their minds and it's worth signing up for health insurance? >> i think the key point is they haven't made up their mind yet because they are not educated enough on what the law means for them, how it will impact them in the short term and long term. the most important thing president obama can do is start a conversation, start a discussion which is really what he's set out to do and so this open mike conversation the white house will be responding to the most voted on submissions from young people all across the country. so i think president obama is very committed to starting a conversation that will hopefully get our generation educated on the details which are critical about this law. >> you know, jake, before -- you know
part of his base when a youth summit gathered at the white house. mr. obama answered critics who says he has been avoiding an affordable care act nickname. >> i know people call this law obama care. that's okay. because i do care. and -- i do. i care about you. i care about -- >> the president made this policy pitch today knowing full well republicans in congress will not go for it, but that fits the president's political goals for the upcoming year. not only taking the fight in the upcoming state of the union speech, but in the coming months election cycle. >> let's continue with gloria bor borger. what is the president attempting to establish today? >> one is an issue of poverty and inequality. he started his career organizing poor people in chicago. this is an issue i thought he would come back to in this term and he has. the other part of this is look, this is not much different from the conversation we had in 2012 about -- it's equality stupid. he is taking it back to the issues of expanding for the middle class, that republicans didn't have a good answer for in 2012. >> i think
are the ones who help catapult barack obama into the white house, voting for him 2-1. now the same harvard poll showw a majority of them disapprove of obama. 47% would recall him if they could. is that because they feel dissieved by him over this? >> i think, you know, young people i don't think they feel deceived. what i would argue, i think young people are trying to figure out, they're trying to find jobs. they're dealing with this horrible economy. also lands in the house of representatives where they understand nothing is getting done. the reason why we have a youth job crisis in this country is because there's been no jobs bill passed. i think the president -- >> -- trillion dollar stimulus shovel ready jobs bill in which even he admits, you know, there are no is up things as shovel ready jobs. how can you put the blame entirely on congress? isn't it the president? >> well, greg, think what we saw in the stimulus package from this president is he actually invested in america's future. he put teachers back to work. firefighters back to work. police officers back to work. a majority of thos
of battling negative headlines white house is looking to turn the page on obama care. today the president kicks off a new three week campaign to refocus the public's attention on the positive aspects of the health care law. what does that entail? >> this is what democrats wanted for two years. they say every day between now and december 23rd they will do some event to talk about each day one different good part of the health care law in their view. the idea is they got to do something about this sinking poll numbers for health care reform. they got to recalibrate the debate gaven they went through the worst possible coverage of the roll out. the question is, can that work. if the site does work. if people does start to get health care coverage you'll get a different debate. the question is how much damage was done and is this thing fixed? you guys had a good conversation yesterday on the show yes the front end fixed but is the back end fixed in a way to lead people getting coverage that they can trust that insurance companies know what benefits they are getting as far as subsidy from the
just starting to stick here at the white house. it certainly does look beautiful. president obama actually has a pretty packed day for a sunday. that's because the kennedy center honors are tonight. but alex, the show must go on. at this point, no plans to interrupt that because of the weather. the president and first lady are going to hold a reception here at the white house a little bit later on this evening for some of those award recipients, including billy joel, carlos santana as well as shirley mcclain. big names expected here despite the snow. of course, the broader message is if you don't have to go out in this weather, don't go out. because it is starting to come down. of course, some of this snow could turn into freezing rain a little bit later on today. alex? >> okay. all of our big elected names are expected back in town now. the house and the senate back on the roll call tomorrow. so what are the key issues of the many that they're expected to take up before adjourning for the year? >> well, alex, it's interesting. i don't want to sound too optimistic here, but all si
. the white house said out of respect for him and his family they were not going to have the obamas a go and meet him. instead he took his wife and daughters to nominee's cell on robben island. he said it was a privilege and honor to be there. the first and only time they met is right after president obama was elected senator in 2005. it was at a hotel here in washington. the president and then senator was not on nelson mandela's schedule but he stayed strong and persevered and he got himself on that schedule. they had a brief meeting and there is an iconic photo take than day by one of the president's aides and that photo hangs in the west wing. >> the only photo that exists of that meeting, by the way. karen travers reporting live from washington. thank you. >>> mandela died at his home surrounded by his youngest daughters who were in london at the time attending a premier about of a film about his life. they asked the film be played until the end. the audience which included prince william, was only told that mandela died as the credits rolled. the marquee lit up in his honor. new yor
doing anything for their own game. the new rule was imposed by president obama three years ago. we'll learn whether the housing recovery lost momentum. some data was delayed by the shut down. increases are expected despite higher mortgage rates. one economists says it's not just institutional investors helping the housing markets.. >> now you are seeing a lot of home buyers who are not institutional investors, who have better credit scores, and have decided that the time is about good to start buying home. and bankers are becoming more confident about the situation. >> we'll get a hint about friday's anticipated jobs report. payroll firm reports on how many private sector jobs were created last month. wall street has some of its moo back. after the do you closed lower on tuesday for a third straight day. the do you jones falling blow the 15,000 mark. the nasdaq holding above the 4,000 level. overseas european markets struggle to bounce back after three days of losses. markets ended the day lower. japan led the cle client, with the nikkei falling. chinese shares rallied on news of f
obamacare. if they're able to win the senate and hold on to the house, obama will be a very lame duck for his last two years in office. let's bring in juan williams, our fox news political analyst. the first question for you juan, what do you think about his op-ed there? >> i think that is on target, jon. i mean look, right now as doyle points out, republicans have focused on obamacare. they have 80 plus percent of republicans unified behind opposition to obamacare. as you know, there are a lots of disputes within the party on lots of social issues, budget, all that, but not when it comes to obamacare. so now, they're trying to expand that to independents. again, when you look at the poll numbers, independents not sold. very much in fact dissuade by the president's performance in the rollout of the websites. so he lost among independents. he is losing some among democrats. and that's where republicans see an opportunity. jon: i want to take a look at the numbers. we'll get those up here shortly but the department of health and human services back in september put out an estimate of wh
obama delivered in the briefing room in the white house west wing. for more on that, our chief white house correspondent chuck to d is standing by on the north lawn tonight. when you look at the timeline, nelson mandela springs together so many american presidents. >> reporter: he does. sort of passing the baton. but there's something about the connection that president obama himself feels with nelson mande mandela. it's something that he shared tonight in a very powerful and poignant statement. >> i am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from nelson mandela's life. my very first political action, the first thing i ever did that involved an issue or policy or politics was a protest against apartheid. i would study his words and his writings. the day he was released from prison gave me a sense of what human beings can do when they're guided by their hopes and not by their fears. and like so many around the globe, i cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that nelson mandela set. and so long as i live, i will do what ki to learn from him. >> reporter: since
, honorees will be hosted by president obama at the white house. shirley mcclan, billy joel, carlos santana, herbie hancock. >>> out of northwest, d.c. police are investigating a fatal shooting a few blocks from military road. they arrived at the scene on 9th and sheridan at 9:00 last night and immediately found a man lying dead on the ground. officials have not released the identity of the man or any leads on the suspect. >> a little more than an hour ago, several roads intersecting with as pen road in rockville are closed due to an accident overnight. officers closed off the area at 1:00 this morning when they received a call of a single car accident. the roadways are expected to reopen soon. two people are dead and six others are in the hospital after a serious accident in prince george's county. two children are among those hurt. the accident happened at central avenue and shady glen drive 11:00 last night. police officers had to cut some of the victims out of the vehicle. at last check, one of the children is in serious condition. the other is listed in critical condition. >>> this mor
the nelson mandela statue right there in washington. the white house flag at half-staff right now, as well. last night, president obama likened mandela to abraham lincoln when he said mandela belongs to the ages now. giving us a sense of what human beings can do when they're guided by their hopes, not their fears. >> that conviction, too, george, apparent throughout his singular life. evident in his final communication. a final tweet, in fact, from nelson mandela's account. and it does resonate. a real leader uses every issue, no matter how serious and sensitive, to ensure that the end of the debate we should emerge stronger. >> he said his 27 years in prison made him stronger and more mature. and we have much more coming up on nelson mandela, as well. >>> we're also tracking the huge ice storm this morning. more on that in a minute. >>> let's get to south africa. you see the black car carrying mandela's coffin right there. it's going from johannesburg to pretoria. it's draped with the south african flag. abc's alex marquardt is in johannesburg right now. good morning, alex. >> reporter: g
. the obama administration was expecting enrollment numbers. the president talked about healthcare during an event at the white house this afternoon. mike viqueira joins us from the white house. mike, what is this, the second day in a row? the president has held an event where he's talking about healthcare, right? >> that's right. they're trying to turn the page from the lost two months. the bungled roll out of healthcare.gov and the issues surrounding it, and now it's crunch time. the president was talking to a group that is vital to the success of the affordable care act, and that is young invincibles. his point was to try--he was talking to supporters, really, but to try to talk to young people and talk to other young people. young folks who go without insurance are vital to the success the affordable chair act because they're healthy and their healthcare costs and needs are few. yet they'll be required to buy insurance and it's all figured into the formula. it all balances out. it's the only way it can work. the president spoke to this group, the rebutte of healthcare, the affordable
too early to celebrate. now when it comes to obama care, republicans clearly have the political advantage for a while. but now that white house seems to be getting back on track, where does the gop go from here? >> it's going to be very interesting. the white house decided it's going to play offense as opposed to the defense that it had to play with the start-up of the website. so every day the president and his supporters are going to be putting out messages about the advantages that can be gained by participating in what we now call obama care. the big battle is going to have to be over the young people. there are some dark clouds for the administration because a recent poll conducted by harvard shows more than half the people absolutely necessary to make this work, that is to say the young invincibles are saying that they could very well not participate. >> yeah, it's hard to convince sometimes young healthy people that getting sick is a possibility. we'll see how that plays out. thanks so much, bob franken. we appreciate your time as always. chris matthews will have an exclu
will go on as scheduled. prior to the big event, president obama will host the honorees during a reception at the white house. actress shirley macclaine, billy joel, herbie hancock. >>> helping us to tell the story. >> these are some of the images viewers like you have been sending to us all morning long. we want to see some more. >>> she spent most of her life in foster care and is now close to aging out. >> a quick learner with a lot of interests and would do well with a family who could help figure out her future. barbara harrison has her story. >> i'm barbara harrison. this is dawn. she'll be our instructor today. >> nice to meet you. >> here at the studio of dance in gaithersburg, dawn, one of the instructors at the store, was ready to give trenise a lesson in hip hop dance. it's one of the many creators arts that she dreams of mastering some day. her social workers say she's great. >> she's a very talented young lady. she loves to dance. >> go step, slide, step. >> she learns quickly. but without a family to encourage the development of her many talents, this was her first real dance
's actually more likes than president obama's statement on his white house facebook page which is not surprisingly, much more popular than the ted cruz facebook page, given that he's the president. also, at the white house page, you can find a lot of nasty invective but you expect that conservatives would lash out against president obama, not so much against ted cruz. >> sure. but do we think, to use your metaphor of the proverbial bathroom wall of the internet, do we think ted cruz is reading this stuff and responding? >> well, there is a response from his office, which is mr. mandela deserves to be remembered and honored for his sacrifices in pursuit of freedom, for the oppressed and his historic achievements to that end. that's from a spokeswoman, ka katherine frazier. he's aware there has been a negative response from some conservatives. he got similar not as negative, but some negative response when he supported the gillibrand amendment that had to do with sexual assault in the military, a complicated bill we can talk about at another time, but he also got brush back from
are talking obama care with kentucky governor steve bashir today, part of the white house's new push to sell the health care law. bashir's state is considered an obama care success story. >>> how about this at number five an early working draft one of bruce springsteen's biggest hits going up for auction today, it is the handwritten lyrics sheet to "born to run." it's estimated to bring in $70,000 to $100,000. we always update the five things to know so go to newdaycnn.com for the latest. kate, over to you. >> thanks, michaela. >>> a desperate effort is under way to save an american man being held in abu dhabi. shezanne cassim and his friends arrested over a parody video they made and posted online. here is more of the story. shezanne cassim is behind bars in abu dhabi for this. >> home of the deadly satwa gs. >> reporter: a parody video the 9-year-old from minnesota posted online. in it, he pokes fun at a clique of teens trained in a fictional combat patrol to control the streets of dubai. the 19-minute video begins with a disclaimer explaining it's fiction, portraying themselves as wanna b
, abc news, johannesburg. >> alex, thank you. >>> president obama called himself one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from nelson mandela. he ordered flags at the white house and across the country to be lowered to half staff. karen travers has reaction from around the world. ♪ >> reporter: outside of the home where nelson mandela died, they sang in memory and mourning. >> great fighter, strong man. >> reporter: south africa's president delivered the long dreaded news. >> our nation has lost its greatest son. our people have lost their father. >> reporter: president obama praised the man he called a personal inspiration. >> we've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. >> reporter: that sense of historical loss ranged from royalty. >> extremely sad and tragic news. we are reminded what an extraordinary and inspiring man nelson mandela was. >> reporter: to regular people. >> is there a man who has more people aware of what he has contributed? >> reporter:. >> reporter: as a young ma
prices are set to expire on january 1st while president obama is optimistic a deal can be reached, the republican controlled house and democratic controlled senate remain at odds over parts of the farm bill. >>> california's high speed rail authority says the $68 billion project still on track. the state still plans to break ground on the first construction segment as early as next month. the state will try again to get approval to sell bonds for the project in the near future. opponents say recent court rulings on environmental and funding issues are serious set backs. although supporters deny that. >>> now 5:17 i want to check in with sal. >> brian and pam we are doing okay as we go to the live pictures. i want to show you the traffic on 80. it looks pretty good as we head out to the mccarthur maze. also this morning we are looking at westbound bay bridge. it is nice. things are beginning to slow down in some areas. we have been looking at parts of contra costa county. i mentioned i saw highway 4 last time. we are looking at highway 4. a little slowing in a construction zone. fo
funeral. here in america, flags are lowered at the capitol and the white house. and candlelight vigils are planned for tonight. president obama, who was inspired by mandela's life and visited with his family this past summer will be among hundreds of world leaders heading to pretoria to honor him. michelle kosinski is outside mandela's home and where the official memorial service will be held. it's 10:00 p.m. and crowds have been swelling for 24 hours. what's the feeling there? >> reporter: that's right. a lot of people didn't even find out what it happened until midnight here last night. several hours after he passed away. and so it was really early in the morning once dawn broke that people started flooding this place. as soon as they got wortd he died, this became a crowd. it has been nonstop. even though it's 10:00 here now, it is only gotten more and more lively over the last three or four hours. a lot of people are working and came here after work. it is not as if people are staying all day, it's an endless procession, people passing through and many bringing flowers and some of
of no regrets. >> white house press secretary stated that president obama and the first lady are planning to travel to south africa to pay their respects. however, the details of the trip are still being left >> a retired judge will lead an investigation into a suspected hate crime at san jose state university. civil rights advocate ladoris cordell will head an head an independent task force. members will look into what rules were broken and recommend changes to ensure student safety. four white students are accused of tormenting a black dorm-mate. >> some scary moments for shoppers. about 15 shoppers and workers were hurt when a car smashed into the trader joe's in oceanside, new york. police say an elderly woman lost control of her vehicle and went through the store windows. a witness decribed the >> it came right through the registers, it knocked over all of our registers that's the first thing i saw was the registers being backed up and one of my very close personal friends, i just grabbed her and pulled her out. >> now word on what caused the loss of vehicle control. 12 people were t
of the elders delegation, an international human rights group that is chaired by kofi annan. >> the white house has backed away from a reported statement made two years that president obama had never met an uncle who lives near boston. it turns out the president not only knew the uncle, he actually once lived with him. why all the confusion? here's cnn's brian todd. >> reporter: he's a 69-year-old man who lives outside of boston. the "boston globe" previously cited the white house as saying the president and his uncle had never met. now the white house press secretary said this -- >> the president said he stayed with his uncle for a brief period of time until his apartment was ready. >> reporter: he said he said with him for three weeks. why the different accounts? >> back when this arose, folks looked at the president's book and there was no evidence that they met. >> jay carney said it was when he asked the president when he was told. critics of the white house say this speaks to a deeper credibility problem of the president and his staff not being forthcoming. >> so really, it was such an un
our very thanks, tree here. sonny the elf sitting there. sunny obama. i heard the white house dog made famous yesterday. take a look at this. >> oh. >> that is 2-year-old ashley gardner at the white house as the first lady was doing the military family decorating party. sunny year and a half old pup got excited and knocked young ashley over. pastry chefs in shock. this is ashton's father, never worried. not a worry of fear in that man's eyes. the apology begins quickly. the dog says sorry. mrs. obama says, don't worry, you and your family will never pay taxes. we'll have more from the orange room in a bit. good to be back, guys. >> there has just been a lawsuit filed in that story. >> you think she's so cute. >> good to have you back. >>> coming up, production on the next "fast & furious" shut down indefinitely as former cast mates release an online tribute to the fallen star. >>> back on skis, exclusive videos. lindsay vonn returning to the slopes a couple weeks after yet [ female announcer ] dove invited women to test their body washes with paper that reacts like skin. if others can
bars, now eulogized by presidents and monarchs. in washington, flags at the white house were lowered to half-staff. president obama spoke of the man who inspired him. >> we've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings any of us will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. >> reporter: and former presidents clinton, bush and carter united to mourn the leader, in cities across the nation, people coming together to honor the man who has become a global symbol for justice and humanity, a touching tribute lights a marquee at the legendary apollo theater in harlem where nelson mandela visited to his first trip to the u.s. in 1990. >> he came to the state office building, drew about 200,000 people out here that day. and those struggles that we have here in the united states, he was very familiar with and they were going through the same in south africa. >> reporter: news of his death traveled swiftly around the world. prince william and kate middleton heard the news while attending the premiere of the film "mande
. the white house announcing that the president and mrs. obama will travel to south africa next week as millions will pay tribute to the anti-apartheid leader, knell soften mandela. -- in nelson mandela. a mixture of sorrow and also celebration as people remember the man many refer to as the father of their country with prayers and tears and songs. my next guest had a personal connection to the former south african president, he hosted mandela when he came to the united states to attend the inauguration of president bill clinton back in 1993. there's a picture of them there, and the be relationship really developed over many years, and the congressman is with us now with his thoughts and reflections today. it's great to have you on the program, congressman. we do have some pictures, as we mentioned, of your time with nelson mandela, but i understand that your relationship started so many years before the bill clinton inauguration. can you tell our viewers a little bit about how you became friends with nelson mandela? >> well, thank you, and thanks for the opportunity to be here. i fo
worst week, i hate to say it, sonny obama, bad dog, jumped on a toddler at the white house and created the worst christmas card of all time. >> i know. but that toddler was so cute. got right back up. she was amazing, right? morris, what's your best and worst? >> my best is my wife's birthday this weekend, so i have to give her the best week. but looking at globally, it's the best and the worst with losing nelson mandela who was a great leader. we're losing him and losing a real superstar. my heart goes out to the mandela family and the rest of the world for losing him. >> susan, best and worst? >> best goes to bill bratton who proves you can go back home again. he's going to be the police commissioner of new york city under mayor elect bill de blasio. and the worst week goes to charlie crist who shows sometimes you can't go home again and his campaign manager, bill aires, just quit after less than a month. >> guys, thanks so much. happy to have you all. that's a wrap-up of "weekends with alex witt." see you right back here tomorrow at noon eastern time. up next, craig melvin, about th
zones overlapping with china's. >> official mourning for nelson mandela. the white house says pam yes and mrs. obama will attend a memorial on tuesday. >> it's an exciting conference - a day that shook up the b.c. s. >> i'm tracking rain, snow and where you'll see dangerous >> we sustain in just a minute. >> frozen solid - major american cities at a standstill as an ice storm drifts across the country with its sites set on the east coast. >> south korea expands its air space zone increasing tensions in the region. >> boots on the ground - hundreds of french troops sent to central african republic. >> nelson mandela's family shares their grief. the first lady plans to travel to south africa for the memorial with president obama. >> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm richelle carey. >> officially much of the country is experiencing wintry temperatures. the major heardland took a beating from a storm. it's heading to the east coast. experts say it will last a day, but they are expecting snow, ice and rain. boston countries are preparing for lots of rain and 6 inches of snow. a wintry bl
's president barack obama and the first family lighting our national christmas tree on our rainy friday night. this year is the 91st lighting of that tree and it stands in the president's park behind the white house, very cool stuff. >>> it may sound a little gruesome, but it is all the rage, a new less invasive beauty procedure that involves injecting your own blood into your face. apparently it's supposed to make you look younger. >> let's give it a chance here. we'll introduce you to the vampire facelift. >> vampires, parasites of the underworld. their sharp fangs piercing necks in a blood lust ritual. it's what most people think of when you say vampire. but in 2013 there's a new meaning. in hollywood blood is beauty and some of the biggest stars are hungry for it. the vampire facelift. >> this area around here. >> reporter: you are looking at the first moments of this new cosmetic procedure in the medical office of dr. charles tellacouture and while it may be cutting edge not a single knife is used, no cutting, no stitches, no pulling. the doctor begins by drawing the patient's blood and
for lawmakers. the flag of the u.s. capitol remains at half staff in honor of nelson mandela. the white house announced that the president and mr. obama -- and mrs. obama will be joined by presidents carter, clinton, and george w. bush honoring nelson mandela. we're going to begin with your comments and calls on a recent survey. a pew research study indicating power has declined. join in on the conversation, the lines -- you can join us on our social media, send us a tweet or send us an e-mail, journal@c-span.org . or join us on facebook. let's begin with a look at some of the newspapers. front page of "the washington post" has a scene from johannesburg. nelson mandela began the journey from tribal air to revolutionary icon. this from inside "the new york times," -- details from inside "the new york times." there is a new poll we want to draw your attention to. it essentially looks at the role we play in the world. here are some of the details -- support for u.s. global engagement is already nearing historic low and has fallen further. the public thinks that the nation does too much to solve
reach out to cruz's office. they point out you can find hateful stuff on the white house's website as well, one writing mandela was a well-mannered demon in the flesh. cruz's comments got more likes on his page than obama's got on that page. is this something we should even be paying attention to? or is this just the bathroom wall of the internet? >> frankly, we shouldn't be paying attention to it. let's hold ted cruz, let's hold people on facebook and twitter accountable for what they say, not for what followers say. also, keep in mind they're not all friends. some may be enemies. look, you tweet, we all tweet. you can tweet the earth is round and get hateful trolls saying terrible things. so this is -- >> no, no, i'm not implying any way ted cruz is responsible at all for what people write on his facebook page. i think what's interesting about it, if anything, is the fact that these are conservatives upset with ted cruz and that doesn't happen. >> how do you know they're conservatives? maybe they are liberals pretending to be conservative. you don't know. on twitter and facebook?
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urge my constituents to attend public meetings in salem and even kirkwood to show opposition to obama administration's park service' attempts to restrict ur access to our rivers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. green: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, i want to thank congressman christopher smith for leading a codel to the philippines. i, along with congressman trent franks were members of the codel, and i want people to know that there is still great work to be done for our friends in the philippines. this picture depicts some of the damages that we were able to see while we were there in a province of the philippines. this is another picture that shows actual homes. this is a usaid sign, and this is where people are dwelling at this time. the number one problem that they have right now is shelter. i would also add that our military has
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